Canadian Sailors Among Best at Brant Beach Regatta

By DAVID BIGGY | Jul 24, 2019

Long Beach Township — Scorching temperatures and high humidity was the order of operation this past weekend, but it didn’t stop 140 sailors from competing in this year’s Colie Sails Laser North American Championships at Brant Beach Yacht Club.

Interestingly, a couple of Canadian sailors and another representing Florida and Wisconsin yacht clubs were among the winners among the three Laser-class regattas, but the full rig races drew the hottest competition, with only four points separating first and third places.

Representing Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC), Noah Collinson was consistently near the front of the field in 10 of the 11 races, hanging in third or fourth through most of them. But after a first-place finish in the fifth race, followed by a second-place in the sixth race, Collinson went into the last day of competition behind Severn Sailing Association’s Leo Boucher, who going into the final race had won three straight races and only needed a third-place in the finale to win.

Instead, Boucher had his worst race of the regatta, placing eighth, while Collinson delivered a second-place finish to secure the championship by a point, 25-26. Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) sailor Benn Smith, who had taken first in the third, sixth and seventh races, ended up third with 29 points. James Juhasz of the Ontario Sailing Team grabbed fourth with 34 points, while Barrie Yacht Club’s Forrest Wachholz, another Canadian, swiped fifth with 42 points.

Peter Hurley, from nearby Mantoloking Yacht Club in Ocean County, won the last race to spoil things for the standings leader and ended up sixth with 53 points. From the local clubs, Brant Beach’s Eric Reitinger was the highest finisher. He finished as high as fourth in the fifth race and ended up 14th with 103 points. BBYC’s Michael Russom was 15th with 116 points, and Spray Beach Yacht Club’s Michael Ehnot managed to take 18th place with 154 points.

In the Laser Radial class, Chapman Peterson of Lauderdale Yacht Club (Florida) and Lake Geneva Yacht Club (Wisconsin) held on to the top spot with 23 points, despite a dismal final two races – which ultimately were dropped from the results as part of the scoring for 11 races. Lauderdale YC-Atlanta YC’s Daniel Escudero grabbed second with 30 points, and Asher Zittner of Lakewood Yacht Club in Texas snagged third with 37 points.

Matthew Wallace, also of Lauderdale YC, won the final race and finished fourth with 43 points, and Leyton Borcherding of Belle Haven Club in Connecticut finished fifth with 48 points. The highest local sailor in the field was Spray Beach’s Lauren Ehnot, who placed 42nd of 83 boats.

In the Laser 4.7 class, a much smaller field compared to the others, RCYC’s Carling Davies cruised to the top spot, ahead of teammate Christopher Kitson, by winning all but one of the 10 races and finishing with 8 points. Kitson finished with 23 points, while Lauderdale’s Kevin Gosselin swiped third with 28 points, St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s Kate Danielson finished fourth with 30 points, and RCYC’s Annalise Balasubramani took fifth with 34 points. Brant Beach’s Sullivan Smith was 11th with 76 points.

David Biggy

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